Jimmy Carter, after hip surgery, back teaching Sunday school

Jimmy Carter, after hip surgery, back teaching Sunday school

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(Curtis Compton/Atlanta Journal-Constitution via AP). Former President Jimmy Carter smiles as he returns to Maranatha Baptist Church to teach Sunday School on Sunday, June 9, 2019, less than a month after falling and breaking his hip, in Plains Ga. A m... (Curtis Compton/Atlanta Journal-Constitution via AP). Former President Jimmy Carter smiles as he returns to Maranatha Baptist Church to teach Sunday School on Sunday, June 9, 2019, less than a month after falling and breaking his hip, in Plains Ga. A m...
(Curtis Compton/Atlanta Journal-Constitution via AP). President Jimmy Carter and Rosalynn Carter bow their heads in prayer with members and visitors during the worship service at Maranatha Baptist Church less than a month after the 39th U.S. president ... (Curtis Compton/Atlanta Journal-Constitution via AP). President Jimmy Carter and Rosalynn Carter bow their heads in prayer with members and visitors during the worship service at Maranatha Baptist Church less than a month after the 39th U.S. president ...
(Curtis Compton/Atlanta Journal-Constitution via AP). President Jimmy Carter has his picture taken with the Hayiya Dance Theatre, Inc. after they performed during the worship service at Maranatha Baptist Church on Sunday, June 9, 2019, in Plains, Ga. T... (Curtis Compton/Atlanta Journal-Constitution via AP). President Jimmy Carter has his picture taken with the Hayiya Dance Theatre, Inc. after they performed during the worship service at Maranatha Baptist Church on Sunday, June 9, 2019, in Plains, Ga. T...
(Curtis Compton/Atlanta Journal-Constitution via AP). Former President Jimmy Carter smiles and gives the thumbs up as he returns to Maranatha Baptist Church to teach Sunday School on Sunday, June 9, 2019, less than a month after falling and breaking hi... (Curtis Compton/Atlanta Journal-Constitution via AP). Former President Jimmy Carter smiles and gives the thumbs up as he returns to Maranatha Baptist Church to teach Sunday School on Sunday, June 9, 2019, less than a month after falling and breaking hi...
(Curtis Compton/Atlanta Journal-Constitution via AP). Rosalynn Carter arrives for Sunday school as President Jimmy Carter returns to Maranatha Baptist Church to teach less than a month after falling and breaking his hip on Sunday, June 9, 2019, in Plai... (Curtis Compton/Atlanta Journal-Constitution via AP). Rosalynn Carter arrives for Sunday school as President Jimmy Carter returns to Maranatha Baptist Church to teach less than a month after falling and breaking his hip on Sunday, June 9, 2019, in Plai...

By SUDHIN THANAWALA
Associated Press

ATLANTA (AP) - Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter talked about his recent health setback and his conversation with President Donald Trump, as he returned to teaching Sunday school in Georgia for the first time since breaking his hip.

Carter told people gathered at the Maranatha Baptist Church in Plains that he and his wife, Rosalynn, have nursing care at home and are doing fine. He thanked those present for their prayers and good wishes.

The 94-year-old Carter broke his hip last month at his home when he fell while leaving to go turkey hunting. He subsequently had hip replacement surgery.

The former first lady also was hospitalized around the same time for what Carter said was initially thought to be a stroke, but turned out to be less serious.

A devout Christian, Carter regularly teaches Sunday school in Plains, drawing hundreds of visitors for each session. But he had to cancel plans to teach after hip surgery.

People began gathering at midnight to hear Carter, and by 8 a.m., a line wrapped around the church despite pouring rain, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported.

"We wanted to pay tribute for all of the work he has done," Glenda Morris-Robinson told the newspaper. "It is so wonderful to see a true servant leader. He was remarkable."

Morris-Robinson, a pediatrician from Atlanta, drove down with her daughter, Gabriella, who flew in from New York City just for the occasion.

Carter said he recently wrote to Trump to explain how the Carter administration had tried to address economic friction with Japan, and Trump called him.

"He was very gracious," Carter said, adding Trump expressed his appreciation for Carter's letter as well as admiration for the former president.

"The main purpose of his call was to say very frankly to me on a private line that the Chinese were getting way ahead of the United States in many ways," Carter said.

He said he told Trump the U.S. has been in constant war for years, spending trillions of dollars, while China has invested in projects such as high speed rail that benefit its people.

In March, Carter became the longest-living chief executive in U.S. history, exceeding the lifespan of former President George H.W. Bush, who died Nov. 30 at the age of 94 years, 171 days.

The milestone came despite a cancer diagnosis more than three years earlier. Carter disclosed in 2015 that he had melanoma that had spread to his liver and brain. He received treatment for seven months until scans showed no sign of the disease.

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